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August 18, 2013

Juveniles arrested in shooting death of Australian national

Baseball player, Chris Lane, was out for a jog

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DUNCAN —

At the time of the shooting, Ford said quick action by the officers and area businesses, homeowners and even Duncan Public School District, helped identify the vehicle in which the alleged suspects were in. Ford said video surveillance was obtained and enhanced which helped in the search. 
Few details about the actual shooting or the juveniles can be released yet, Ford said, since the suspects have not been officially charged.
What Ford did share was chilling though. He said the boys were in a house located on Country Club Road when they saw Lane leave his place of residence to go jogging north on that road. 
“These three saw the jogger go by. By the time they got in their car, he had already passed Plato. It was random.”
Ford also said that in reviewing the suspects Facebook pages, it appeared they were keeping a log, indicating an animal also may have been killed earlier that day or the day before.
Lane, who had only returned from his home country of Australia three days earlier, was staying with his girlfriend and her family. 
He plays baseball for ECU and the couple had spent most of the summer in Australia. 
The girlfriend, who is grieving, declined an interview with The Banner Saturday, as she tries to process what has happened. Another member of the family asked to remain anonymous and said Lane was definitely a member of their family. 
“He didn’t know a lot of people here and he really was a good guy with a bright future ahead of him,” the family member shared. 
Ford said the Australian consulate also had been notified. The girlfriend's family had already called Lane’s father with the tragic news.
Ford said that during the initial investigation Friday, officers had many unanswered questions, but they were fairly certain that whoever the shooter was, had to have been someone local. The path of the fleeing vehicle had to have been familiar to the suspect. Those exact details also have not been released. 

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